Hillary To KDP’s Rescue? Probably Not

Surprise! The Republicans are just as bad as the Democrats. The daughter of Energy and Environment Secretary Charles Snavely landed a $38,000-a-year non-merit job this month in the office of Gov. Matt Bevin. [H-L]

After the chairman of Donald Trump’s presidential campaign resigned on Friday, former campaign manager Corey Lewandowski tried to insist Trump’s bid for the White House was going just fine. Lewandowski, who was fired by Trump in June, drew a puzzling parallel to make his point, arguing that in 2004, John Kerry was also making staff changes as the election approached. [HuffPo]

A Hillary Clinton political committee transferred $793,000 to the Kentucky Democratic Party in July – a huge and apparently sorely needed infusion of cash for Kentucky Democrats, who so far this year have struggled to compete with the Republican Party of Kentucky in the fundraising battle leading up to the November elections. [C-J/AKN]

Donald Trump’s former campaign chairman Paul Manafort was asked to resign, the campaign said Friday. [The Hill]

The Madison County Board of Education took its first step Thursday afternoon in the creation of a new elementary school for students in northern Madison County. [Richmond Register]

More than 30 major technology and communication companies said on Friday they are joining the U.S. government to crack down on “robocalls,” automated, prerecorded phone calls that regulators have labeled a “scourge.” [Reuters]

Rand Paul said it could be “too late” for AK Steel to bring its workforce back in Ashland, despite a tax increase on Chinese steel imports imposed by the United States. [Ashland Independent]

ProPublica’s reporting on the water crisis in the American West has highlighted any number of confounding contradictions worsening the problem: Farmers are encouraged to waste water so as to protect their legal rights to its dwindling supply in the years ahead; Las Vegas sought to impose restrictions on water use while placing no checks on its explosive population growth; the federal government has encouraged farmers to improve efficiency in watering crops, but continues to subsidize the growing of thirsty crops such as cotton in desert states like Arizona. [ProPublica]

A free, wireless Internet network is up and running throughout downtown Morehead. The city, in partnership with Rajant Corporation, installed wireless meshing nodes in March to help provide instant Internet access to anyone within the network’s parameters. [The Morehead News]

As the Republican nominee for the US presidency, Donald Trump received a classified briefing on Wednesday. What does that mean? [BBC]

The vast majority of the crowd of more than 100 people who attended Mayor Dick Doty’s Friday afternoon press conference made it clear they weren’t buying the message he was trying to sell. [Glasgow Daily Times]

Surprise! Fraternity atmosphere can (especially in Frankfart) make state capitols hotbeds of sexual harassment. [USA Today]

The Madison County school district has decided to take a drug company up on its offer of two free doses of Narcan, a life-saving drug in instances of heroin overdose — even though the district hasn’t seen an overdose problem. [H-L]

Oh, look, Valarie Honeycutt Spears noticed that there were more than 200 testing violations in Kentucky schools. She’s failed to investigate anything in Montgomery County. [More H-L]

Religious freedom is a valid defense for a Michigan business owner who fired a trans woman after she asked to dress in accordance with her gender identity, a federal judge ruled Thursday. [HuffPo]

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Magoffin County Can’t Catch A Break

Federal jurors have convicted two Magoffin County officials in a vote-fraud scheme in which the judge-executive also was implicated. [H-L]

Donald Trump has been making waves this week ― great waves, terrific waves ― after accusing President Barack Obama of creating ISIS. But earlier this year, he was saying something different: that the U.S. invasion of Iraq created the terrorist group. [HuffPo]

In the latest blow for Catholic Health Initiatives in Kentucky, a jury has returned a $21.2 million verdict against the company and its St. Joseph Hospital London for conspiring with cardiologists to perform unnecessary heart procedures. [C-J/AKN]

The “lock her up” chants started early and came often at Donald Trump’s campaign event near Fort Lauderdale, Florida on Wednesday evening. [BBC]

Eddie Sexton has always held a passion to become a school principal, and now, after 16 years as an educator, he gets to fulfill that goal as the new principal of Daniel Boone Elementary. [Richmond Register]

In 2011, Gene Sperling had a problem. He was working as President Obama’s chief economic advisor but his government salary did not cover his expenses. He and his wife lived in a Georgetown townhouse valued today at around $2 million, but did not have enough equity to qualify for a second mortgage or credit line. He didn’t want to sell the house and he wanted to keep working at a prestigious but relatively low-paid public service job. [ProPublica]

Former Elliott County Clerk Shelia Blevins and her sister, former Elliott County Deputy Clerk Jeannie Moore, were formally sentenced Friday in Franklin Circuit Court to complicity to commit abuse of public trust under $10,000. [Ashland Independent]

The Obama administration on Friday declared a public health emergency in the U.S. territory of Puerto Rico, saying the rapid and widespread transmission of the Zika virus threatens the health of infected pregnant women and their babies. [Reuters]

From what was described as a “strong pool of candidates from across the country,” the Board of Directors of the Morehead-Rowan County Economic Development Council, Inc., (EDC) has narrowed its search for a new executive director to three or four candidates. [The Morehead News]

Coal mining. Bad management. Runoff from cities and farms. These are all things that are creating major problems for America’s rivers, according to a new report. [ThinkProgress & American Rivers]

In an effort to better serve patients from the Cave City, Park City and Horse Cave areas, T.J. Regional Health has opened the T.J. Health Cave City Clinic. The new clinic at 440 Happy Valley St. provides walk-in medical and injury care. It is staffed with physicians, nurse practitioners, registered nurses and technicians, and is one of several clinics owned by T.J. Regional Health. [Glasgow Daily Times]

BHP Billiton, the world’s largest mining firm by market value, reported a record $6.4 billion annual loss on Tuesday, hammered by a bad bet on shale, a dam disaster in Brazil and a commodities slump. [CNBC]

Kentucky’s Prichard Committee Student Voice Team has received national attention for its advocacy on issues such as increasing school funding in Kentucky. [H-L]

Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Grandmother) is not optimistic that he will be in charge of the Senate come November ― and Donald Trump, he implied, is not helping matters. [HuffPo]

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Some Scott County Schools Legal Fun

A lawsuit brought by a Scott County public school bus driver against former school Superintendent Patricia Putty alleges malicious prosecution and defamation and names Georgetown Police Officer Ben Martin. [H-L]

Limestone and steel for our homes, wheat and vegetables for our dinner, fossil fuels for our industries: we rely heavily on our planet’s natural resources to survive. Yet we’re using up these resources at such an unsustainable pace that we may be “irreversibly” depleting some of them ― and critically damaging our Earth in the process, according to a new United Nations report. [HuffPo]

WARNING! RIDICULOUS AUTOPLAY VIDEO! Lexington Mayor Jim Gray took the slings and arrows of an entire party nearly alone on Saturday at St. Jerome’s Catholic Church as many of the key players in Kentucky Democratic politics took a pass at the biggest annual political event in state. [C-J/AKN]

Democratic presidential nominee Hillary Clinton leads Republican rival Donald Trump by 8 points nationally in a poll released early Sunday. [The Hill]

Morehead-Rowan County EMS added three new ambulances to the fleet [last] week. [The Morehead News]

Louisville police said on Thursday they were reviewing a request to reopen the 51-year-old unsolved murder of the city’s first female prosecutor, a civil rights pioneer who once represented boxer Muhammad Ali. [Reuters]

As Madison County students adjust to new locker assignments, new classrooms and new teachers this school year, four administrators will be learning the ropes right along with them as they take on new positions within the school system. [Richmond Register]

As algorithms control more aspects of our lives, we need to be able to challenge them. Algorithms are ubiquitous in our lives. They map out the best route to our destination and help us find new music based on what we listen to now. But they are also being employed to inform fundamental decisions about our lives. [ProPublica]

When it comes to regulating the sale of packaged alcoholic beverages in the city, there is one big question that still needs to be answered. Is Edmonton a qualified city? [Glasgow Daily Times]

Anytime the words “Donald Trump” and “nuclear weapons” appear in the same sentence, a mushroom cloud of anxiety rises over the world of politics and national security. [Politico]

Many a political dream has died in the heat, humidity and holler-fest that envelops the political speaking stand each year at the Fancy Farm Picnic. [Ronnie Ellis]

Let’s be thankful Matt Bevin isn’t an attorney. Despite the fact that citizens are guaranteed legal representation in criminal cases in the US, court-appointed lawyers’ offices are chronically underfunded. The fight between state-appointed lawyers and fiscally conservative politicians is playing out in a particularly bizarre way in Missouri. [BBC]

After only one of three scheduled public meetings, Scott County Superintendent Kevin Hub has tabled his efforts to finance construction of a second high school to alleviate crowding at Scott County High. [H-L]

Retiring Rep. Richard Hanna (R-N.Y.) on Tuesday announced he will vote for Hillary Clinton in November because Donald Trump is “unfit to serve our party and cannot lead this country.” [HuffPo]

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Kentucky Republicans Now Live In A Disconnected Extremist Fantasy Land

Yep, it’s a day of Republican Party of Kentucky insanity.

Here’s the latest dispatch from Old Dominionist End Timer Wingnut Freakout State Park:

1. Gay-panicked Republican Whitney Westerfield didn’t know that happened? How on earth can someone who doesn’t live in, say, New York City, not know that?

I haven’t been able to find a single Kentuckian today who was unaware. Not even city folk who don’t know the difference between sorghum and molasses.

2. It’s hilarious how the gay-panicked contingent and David Floyd, another Frankfort Republican, are hung up on the reality that not everyone is going to love their chosen (it’s a choice) religious beliefs.

3. Yes, Westerfield is extremely gay-panicked. Here he his promoting a notorious anti-gay bigot:

Along with some freaking out about how OH GOD THE BLACK PRESIDENT SENT MONEY TO THE BROWN FOREIGNERS OH GOD!!!1!

Spoiler alert: not exactly based in reality, just another wingnut fever dream.

HEAD-DESK.

You Get What You Pay For, Kentucky

And this is what you paid for:

A delusional wingnut freaking out about scary brown welfare queens. (If you aren’t familiar with the welfare queen myth, fire up yer googler)

Oh, wait, this is nothing new. They just have foreign accents – so it’s super-terrifying for people like him.

Wondering what this turd burglar means by “welfare”? Well…

From the Wall Street Journal:

The main surviving Paris suspect, Salah Abdeslam, collected unemployment benefits until three weeks before the November attacks

That’s right – UNEMPLOYMENT! That’s what this guy thinks is welfare.

Spoiler alert: Unemployment insurance is something Americans pay for, Bevin.

He’s got to be the dumbest man I’ve ever met. Maybe the Kentucky Democratic Party will realize they need to be actual Democrats some day soon and people like him will be prevented from winning re-election. (Don’t hold your breath)

Transphobia Infects KY-01 Via Comer

Republican candidate for Kentucky’s First Congressional District, Jamie “I Didn’t Beat That Woman Or Pay For Her Abortion Even Though She Says I Did both” Comer is ratcheting up the pandering this year.

After spending years working with people like Holly Harris and making it clear he wasn’t a homophobe? He’s gone full gay panic. Full on transphobic bigot.

Check out this radio interview. Here’s a rough transcript of a portion:

Comer: “Some of the Congressmen…especially in the Obama Administration… are more concerned about transgender rights than the rights of working, middle-class people. So, I want to go to Washington and bring some common sense and some conservative values. I want to try to improve the business climate. And I believe there’s an opportunity in January, because we’re going to have a new president. There’s going to be a lot of new members of Congress. Like our Congressman retiring, and a lot of them are getting beat in primaries, so that shows the people are frustrated. They want new blood in Washington and I want to be a part of the new generation of leadership in Washington.”

You know how the scary transgenders are ruining everything with trying to use the restroom in safety.

WTF kind of stupid has infected the current crop of Republicans in Kentucky?

Democrats and outsiders have a prime opportunity to hit Jamie Comer on his new bigotry but no one has the guts to do it.

At least we can continue to point out that Jamie Comer and people like him have blood on their hands. As trans people are killed and attacked. As youth commit suicide all across Kentucky. The blame rests on their shoulders. The blood is on their hands. His hands.

Gross.